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Anti-Rumsfeld General: Questioning Command Healthy For Democracy

Posted on Apr 14, 2006
Major General John Batiste (ret)

Major Gen. John Batiste (ret)

Major Gen. John Batiste (ret), who has called for Rumsfeld’s resignation, tells Katie Couric: “I think there’s a lot of people now starting to ask questions, and I think that’s healthy in a democracy.”

He also says the book “Cobra II” gets the story of the Iraq War right.

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Major General John Batiste (ret) appeared on the “TODAY Show,” and talked to Katie Couric about the reasons he believes Donald Rumsfeld should be fired.

(Raw Story has the full transcript and also transcripts of his other appearances.)

COURIC: So why go public with your criticism now?

GEN. BATISTE: Katie, this is something that’s been building in me for the last five years. And as you said, I retired on the first of November and transitioned into civilian; thought a lot about it, and I feel strongly. I have nothing to gain in doing this. There is no political agenda at all. For 31 years I was a loyal subordinate and did not tolerate dissension in the ranks. My sole motivation, pure and simple, are the servicemen and women and their incredible families.


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By alex2012, April 15, 2006 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment
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So they want Rumsfeld’s job. Are the chorus of retirees advocating withdrawal? Or that we send another 100,000 GI’s and do the job right? The left and progressive movements would be wise to not make too much of these war hawks statements less they unite to bring em home.

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